It was the evening of 6th November 2019, whilst sipping a glass of red wine, I experienced a digital encounter with my dead cousin. Facebook’s memory feature reminds you of the posts that you made on the corresponding day of … Continue reading Facebook Memories
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Stealing the identity of a dead person is sometimes referred to as “ghosting”. Continue reading Identity Theft
This is a 14th century church that was damaged during the reformation when the interior of the building was whitewashed as it was thought to appear too Catholic.
I found myself exploring a wonderful gothic church in Sweden, when I realised that I was surrounded by prolific death symbols carved into tombstones and memorials. I have nearly reached the end of my course in Death Religion and Culture, but my interest in death symbolism is ongoing.
Currently the church looks stunningly beautiful and parts of the walls have been cleaned to reveal the medieval frescos on the walls.
Despite the age of the church it has been updated with a fantastic new organ and has the most welcoming atmosphere of any religious building I have been in for some time.
The church has been celebrating it’s 700th anniversary this year. Within the floor there are many worn tombstones, many with medieval symbols of death. Here are a few:Continue reading “Symbolism within St Peter’s Church, Malmö.”
The familiar legendary tale of Midas, a Greek king who’s one wish was to have everything that he touched turn into gold, demonstrates how his own avarice became a curse when he did not have anything to eat or drink. … Continue reading Raising a glass to the dead.